News about Faculty & Staff

Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Newscasts Air Segments on MLK Events

Network affiliates covered the local Martin Luther King Jr. observance, which included a Penn College-hosted Peace Walk and rally, as well as service projects at local nonprofits. The reports, prepared by Newswatch 16’s Kristina Papa and Eyewitness News’ Morgan Parrish, aired at various times on Monday, calling attention to the civic spirit of the campus community.

‘Old Books/New Lives’ Treats Discards With Distinction

Reborn into "The Butterfly Book," this work by Yousef I. Asiri provides an apt example of metamorphosis. Asiri, of Saudi Arabia, is a plastics and polymer engineering technology student.

The first floor of Madigan Library is overflowing with imaginative creations by Pennsylvania College of Technology students: “Old Books/New Lives: The Art of Upcycling,” an exhibit of “novel” artwork, is on display through Feb. 28.

The library and The Gallery at Penn College invited students, faculty and staff to upcycle a selection of old books into creative art objects. The result is a presentation of more than 50 inventive pieces.

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What Does It Mean to Be a Penn College Wildcat?

A fast-paced, 30-second commercial answers that question, and invites prospective and current students to unleash the possibilities – as well as themselves – at Pennsylvania College of Technology. A national leader in applied technology education, Penn College offers more than 100 associate and bachelor’s degrees that work. With NCAA intercollegiate athletics, countless student clubs and organizations and on-campus housing, Penn College provides a full college experience along with its distinctive, hands-on degrees. Among the scheduled airdates are: this Saturday’s NFC divisional game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons on WBRE; Sunday’s AFC divisional playoff between the Jacksonsville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers on WYOU; the Jan. 21 AFC championship on WYOU; and between 5 and 6 p.m. Feb. 4 during the Super Bowl pregame on WBRE.

Immortalized in Disney Film, Former Titans Coach to Speak at College

Herman Boone, the real-life motivational football coach portrayed in the 2000 Disney movie “Remember the Titans,” will speak at Penn College in a free Dream Week event scheduled for Jan. 18.

The real-life inspiration for the popular Disney movie “Remember the Titans” will be the featured speaker for this year’s observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s contributions.

Herman Boone, the motivational football coach portrayed on screen by Denzel Washington, will address this year’s theme – “Community Unity: Moving Forward Together” –  in a free, public appearance at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

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Saturday Service Scheduled for Automotive Faculty Member

Larry B. Leavitt

A memorial service will be Saturday for Larry B. Leavitt, an associate professor of automotive technology, who died Thursday, Jan. 4, at the age of 71. A member of the Penn College faculty since 1997, Leavitt was also an adviser to the college’s SkillsUSA students. The service will be at 1:30 p.m. at Spitler’s, 733 Broad St., Montoursville. A full obituary was published in Tuesday’s editions of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

THON Donations Boost Incentive for Jan. 16-17 Blood Drive

Red Cross blood drive scheduled for Nov. 15-16Members of the Penn College community can help ease the national Red Cross blood shortage and aid the fight against pediatric cancer by donating from noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 16-17 in Penn’s Inn (second floor, Bush Campus Center). Blood donations dropped significantly during this past holiday season, a shortage that continues during severe winter weather. While there’s often a surge in generous donations when major disasters receive media attention, the Red Cross serves hospitals and cancer treatment centers nationwide throughout the year. Share your strength. Patients will be so grateful – and so will their families and friends! Online appointments are available, all presenting donors will receive free pizza from Bart’s Pizzeria and complimentary T-shirts while supplies last, and the Red Cross will donate $4 to the Four Diamonds Fund on behalf of Penn College Benefiting THON for each unit of blood collected. Potential donors can streamline their experience and save 15 minutes by completing a RapidPass – a pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire – on the day of their appointment.

Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Books as Art Decorate Penn College Library, Gallery

Adele Crawford's “Spinning Lexicon,” dictionary, dowel, found box, 12 inches by 5 inches

Visually stunning reinventions of the printed page will fill the Madigan Library at Pennsylvania College of Technology in two exhibitions in January and February.

“Books Undone: The Art of Altered Books,” a national juried exhibit, will showcase 58 imaginative works in The Gallery at Penn College, located on the third floor of the library, and “Old Books/New Lives: The Art of Upcycling,” a display of student creations, will be presented on the first floor of the library.

The exhibits will run Jan. 11 through Feb. 28, with a gallery reception scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 18, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Awards for “Books Undone” works will be presented at 5:30 p.m. The reception and exhibits are open and free of charge to the public.

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PA Program Receives College’s Outstanding Assessment Award

Employees of the Penn College’s physician assistant program received the college’s President’s Award for Outstanding Assessment of Student Learning. From left are Katie M. McNamee, secretary to the program; Brian M. McKeon, assistant professor; Heather S. Dorman, clinical director; Lynn Eckrote, director; Victor P. Pupo, instructor; and Dr. Kendra F. Boell, clinical director. Also integral to the effort, but not pictured, is Larissa D. Whitney, instructor of physician assistant.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Physician Assistant Program has been named the recipient of the college’s 2017 President’s Award for Outstanding Assessment of Student Learning.

Employees of the program received the honor Jan. 5 at the all-college meeting that opened the Spring 2018 semester.

The President’s Award for Outstanding Assessment of Student Learning recognizes initiative and creativity in facilitating student learning and reflects the college’s commitment to ongoing assessment of student learning outcomes.

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Penn College’s School of Health Sciences Reorganizes

School of Health Sciences reorganizes

One of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s largest academic schools, the School of Health Sciences, has a new dean, assistant dean and assistant dean of nursing.

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New Year Begins at ‘College of Tomorrow-Makers’

Taking “a trip down memory lane” through 20 years of change since her first all-college speech as then-interim president, Davie Jane Gilmour officially ushered in the Spring 2018 semester with a Friday all-college message for faculty and staff: “Do not doubt for a moment that we are a force with which to be reckoned.” Detailing two decades’ worth of growth – in such far-reaching areas as enrollment and retention, facilities, credibility for intercollegiate athletics, and workforce development – she reminded faculty and staff of their vital role in shaping the future. “I am confident history will write that we made a difference,” the president told her morning audience. “That our students were innovative, tenacious and hardworking and made their mark in their careers and in life.”

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College Names Operations/Special Projects Director for WDCE

Beth M. Bittenbender

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently appointed Beth M. Bittenbender as operations/special projects director for Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College, which partners with companies to provide short-term training and project support.

Bittenbender brings more than 25 years of management and continuous improvement experience, as well as an Innovation Engineering Black Belt, to the newly created post. She will work closely with WDCE’s professional staff to coordinate training and project support to industries across Pennsylvania and beyond.

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Penn College Names Dean of Construction & Design Technologies

Carol A. Lugg

Carol A. Lugg has been appointed dean of the School of Construction & Design Technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Lugg has been assistant dean of construction and design technologies since February 2015, playing an instrumental role in securing a $1 million National Science Foundation S-STEM grant that provides scholarship and research opportunities for the school.

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Downtown Gallery to Exhibit Work of Professor Emeritus

Frederick T. Gilmour

“The Dichotomy of an Artist: Abstractions and Realizations,” a two-part exhibit by alumnus/retiree Frederick T. Gilmour, will open at 6 p.m. Jan. 5 at Gallery 425, 425 Market St., as part of Williamsport’s First Friday schedule. The exhibit comprises “Abstractions: A Thought Collective,” featuring abstract assemblages of feathers, photographs and other found objects, and “Realizations: Architectural Archaeology,” a collection of pen-and-ink illustrations of rural architecture. An emeritus faculty member, Gilmour studied technical illustration at Penn College’s predecessors (Williamsport Technical Institute and Williamsport Area Community College) and received a bachelor’s degree in art education from Mansfield University. He retired from Penn College in 2001 after 20 years of service, including positions as director of instructional technology/distance learning, assistant professor of advertising art and executive director of the Penn College Foundation. The exhibit runs through Jan. 30.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University